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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

The Memorial Bell Tower was completed at Northwest in 1971 to memorialize students, faculty and others who had served the country, including the military.

The Memorial Bell Tower was completed at Northwest in 1971 to memorialize students, faculty and others who had served the country, including the military.

Nov. 10, 2014

Community, visitors invited to visit military tributes on campus

Since Northwest Missouri State University’s founding in 1905, thousands of service men and women have called the institution “home,” if only temporarily. Some enlisted after coming to Maryville as a student or employee, while others enrolled or worked for the University after serving their country.

World War I Memorial Plaza
World War I Memorial Plaza

Since 1918, students, alumni, employees and community members have donated and supported several memorials honoring United States service men and women.

As communities across the nation, including those in Nodaway County, prepare to formally honor veterans this week, the Northwest community and visitors may find several tributes to our military personnel on the University campus.

“Northwest proudly recognizes and honors our veterans and active duty military personnel and their support systems for their service in protecting our freedoms,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “We are blessed by and through their sacrifices, and as a learning community we have a breadth of offerings in honor and remembrance. We invite visitors from near and far to join us on campus and visit the array of memorials that help us all pay daily tribute to those in uniform. Further, our military friendly status and offerings today in support of veterans’ needs stand testament to Northwest’s gratitude for their service.”

For questions or inquiries about Northwest Missouri State University's veteran memorials, contact the University Archives at 660.562.1974,


World War I Memorial Plaza

In 1919, the Nodaway County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution planted trees and raised money for brick pillars and plaques to display names of 46 soldiers who died in the World War I. In the 1970s, the pillars were removed during a street renovation project and later reinstalled on the Northwest campus.

Bell of '48
Bell of '48

The Memorial Plaza was formally dedicated Nov. 10, 2006, and lies just west of the B.D. Owens Library, at the corner of College Park Avenue and Memorial Drive.

Bell of ‘48

The class of 1948 gifted Northwest with a memorial bronze bell in honor of all soldiers who fought and died during World War II, especially those fallen soldiers who attended Northwest or who once lived in northwest Missouri. The bronze bell has since heralded Northwest achievements and celebrations and mournfully chimed to honor the passing of students.

The Bell of ’48 is located near the Memorial Bell Tower and is in direct line of sight of the Administration Building.


Roll of Honor

Roll of Honor

Former Northwest President J.W. Jones is pictured at the Roll of Honor.

A display cabinet on the Administration Building’s third floor features memorial plaques honoring service men and women from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

During World War I, a service flag was displayed outside the Administration Building. Starting in July 1917, the student newspaper, The Green and White Courier, encouraged readers to submit names of any students involved in the war effort and published weekly additions to the "Roll of Honor." A star was added to the flag for each submitted name. After World War I, a bronze memorial plaque was displayed in the Administration Building with the names of five students who lost their lives in World War I.

The tradition of a Roll of Honor continued during World War II as Northwest students and staff created a temporary memorial using an Administration Building bulletin board and encouraged anyone to submit additions.

In 1945, a permanent plaque was placed outside the door of the University president’s office, and names were added throughout the 1950s as veterans came to Northwest after the war. Today, the World War II Roll of Honor displays 1,094 names and includes 35 names with gold stars indicating military members who died in service.


Memorial Bell Tower

Centrally located on the Northwest campus, the open-air Memorial Bell Tower is an iconic structure that was completed in 1971 to memorialize students, faculty and others who had served the country, including the military.

Constructed using pre-cast concrete, the Bell Tower stands 100 feet tall and measures 25 feet in diameter. It also features brass memorial plaques and an electronic carillon that plays at morning, noon and night.

University President Robert Foster announced his plan to build the Bell Tower in 1965 and it was completed entirely with funds donated by University alumni and friends. In 2004, the Bell Tower underwent an extensive renovation that included structural repairs and improved handicapped accessibility.


Persian Gulf War Memorial

Donated by the class of 1991, an outdoor memorial stone lies near the sidewalk between the J.W. Jones Student Union and the Administration Building.

During the 1990-1991 academic year, two Northwest students in the University’s ROTC program were called into active duty and others had family members called into service. Student organizations and community members sponsored events in support of troops involved in Operation Desert Storm, including a yellow ribbon ceremony at the Bell Tower. KDLX, the student radio station, was selected to send weekly, five-minute broadcasts covering local events to the Armed Forces Radio Network in Saudi Arabia.


Navy V-5/V-12 Combat Information Center

From 1943 to 1945, Northwest served as a Naval Shore Station for the U.S. Navy. The V-12 program trained deck officers and the V-5 program trained Navy pilots, with Naval officers administering the programs and Northwest faculty providing instruction. The program changed the look of Northwest for two years as residence halls were converted to house Navy personnel, Naval officers set up temporary offices in what is now Wells Hall, and Navy recruits joined the Northwest football team.

In October 2003, the Combat Information Center classroom, located under Bearcat Stadium’s west grandstand, was completed with donations from Northwest alumni, including Ned and Margie (Campbell) Bishop. The classroom is in remembrance of individuals who prepared for combat duty in the Navy at Northwest.


Northwest carries “military friendly” status

This fall, Northwest was named a Military Friendly School for the third consecutive year as a result of its reputation for offering a positive experience for military students. Northwest, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, offers a range of degree and certification programs that benefit military students. The University also is VA approved, gives credit for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). The University follows American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations when granting credit for military experience or from other regionally accredited institutions as transcripts are evaluated by the Office of Admissions.

Further enhancing its services for veterans, Northwest and the Missouri Veterans Commission are partnering to host a Veteran Service Officer in the University’s Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the first and third Mondays of every month in Room 1222 of the CIE. The service is free and patrons may learn more by calling the CIE at 660.562.1710.

Additionally, a Northwest advisor assists veterans with career placement and the University has full-time veteran counselors on its staff. Northwest has veteran organizations on its campus, including Northwest Student Veterans Association and its Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. Northwest also offers a variety of scholarships for military personnel and veterans, and military students called to active service may return to Northwest without a penalty.

For more information about services and resources available to veterans at Northwest, visit


Veterans Day Campus Dining discounts

Northwest Missouri State University Campus Dining will salute military day personnel and commemorate Veterans Day by offering specials Tuesday, Nov. 11.  

Veterans and active duty personnel who show a military identification can receive a complimentary medium cup of Darn Good Coffee from Einstein Bros. Bagels, a complimentary tall hot brewed coffee from Starbucks and a complimentary chicken sandwich combo meal at Chick-fil-A.

Starbucks is located at the campus’ B.D. Owens Library and is open 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday. Einstein Bros. Bagels is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Chick-fil-A is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; both are located on the second floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union.

For more information about Northwest Campus Dining, including locations, hours and menus, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468